Pleasing All Men in All Things

Pleasing All Men in All Things

We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.  (Rom 15:1 NIV)

Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.  (1 Cor 10:32-33, emphasis added)

Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves. Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others.  (Phil 2:3-4 CEB)

We’re instructed by God’s Word to watch out for what is best for others and pleasing to others.  We’re also urged to avoid selfishness and encouraged to care for each other.  That’s a tall order, right?  The apostle Paul said that he pleased all men!  Wow, he is a righteous example to us all.

So why did Paul ‘please all men’?  He did it so that many people would be saved.  By his pleasing and caring behavior toward others, he won many, many people to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  All of those people accepted Jesus as their Savior and Lord.  Paul didn’t do it in order to be a man-pleaser but in order to win souls to the Kingdom of God. His motivation was pleasing in God’s sight.

For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.  (Gal 1:10)

. . . not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart . . .  (Eph 6:6)

Our assignment as followers and servants of Jesus Christ is to please God first, but also to demonstrate God’s love to all people.  That means doing top-notch work in our jobs (even those who are self-employed).  It also means finding ways to cooperate kindly with our earthly neighbors whether we have a house, condo, apartment, or a tent. 

We also, as servants of Jesus, represent Him in our families, with our friends and within our communities and churches.  As ambassadors for God’s Kingdom, we have the honor and privilege of being ‘the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.’  (2 Cor 2:15) May our conduct and our conversation be as a pleasant perfume to the lost and the hurting as well as to the Lord Jesus.  Praise the Lord!

Spend Time with Your Family & Loved Ones

Spend Time with Your Family & Loved Ones

Remember how short my time is . . . (Ps 89:47)

But this I say, brethren, the time is short . . . (1 Cor 7:29)

. . . redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  (Eph 5:16)

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.  (Col 4:5)

We must “redeem our time” according to these Scriptures.  What does this mean?  I believe it means that time is a gift given to each one of us by God, and that He wants us to use it wisely and responsibly.  We must rescue our time from barreness, and improve it for important purposes.  We must seize opportunities as they arise!  Opportunities to do good; to bless our spouses and children, and to spread the Good News of Jesus. 

I’m what’s called a “senior citizen,” and I can testify that decades pass very, very quickly.  You can hardly believe that it has all been spent so rapidly!  When people are on their deathbeds, they may think of the hours and the years that they misspent, and repent of it heartily. 

So no matter how old you are—life isn’t over until it’s over!  Value your time as the precious gift it is, and spend it with those whom you love.  Don’t make the common mistake of getting so busy with life and your unremitting responsibilities that you ignore your spouse, children, and relatives.  Don’t neglect your relatives and closest friends, either! 

You can’t retrieve the time that you’ve missed with your loved ones, and you may unintentionally hurt them by placing all of your attention and energies elsewhere.  So consider this a wake-up call.  It’s time to repent and to turn in the opposite direction.

Reassess your life and your priorities.  Determine today to share your time and yourself (your most precious gifts) with your spouse and children.  Play with your kids; talk to your spouse; share meals with your family.  Play games together, and plan vacations together.  Spend simple time together, and remember to let your family know—in clear words—how very much you love them and love to spend time with them. 

When you’ve done a lot of that, remember to make room to include your close friends into your family events and gatherings.  In this way, everyone will be able to connect, create memories, and to be blessed.